Special purchase closeout, while supplies last - save over $200! Sleek and fast, a sports car on water!
The AirFusion kayak is designed to rival the handling and speed of skin-on-frame kayaks, while simplifying the setup procedure. It features a unique design fusion of aluminum alloy frame poles and pressurized air tubes, resulting in a high-performance, rigid frame system.
- Narrow beam design paddles like a rigid hard-shell kayak.
- Heavy-duty PVC tarpaulin material for extreme puncture resistance
- Inflatable coaming area to attach a spray skirt
- Zippered access for below-deck gear storage
- Bungee deck lacing
- D-rings for gear tie-down
- Molded rubber handles
- Length 13 feet
- Width 25 inches
- Weight 32 lbs (14.5 kgs)
- Max weight: 235lbs (107 kgs)
- Chambers: 7
- Folded size: 35 x 21 x 9 inches
- Includes duffel bag, repair kit, seat, owner's manual.
Please note: This is a Special Purchase Closeout of the AE1040 AirFusion kayak, which has been replaced with the AE1041 AirFusion Elite. Original MSRP $829, now $599 - new, boxed.
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Posted by Unknown on 15th Mar 2012
This is my second Advanced Elements Kayak. I bought the AirFusion to complement my Advanced Frame after about two years of use. I love both of these kayaks, but I wouldn't consider the Air Fusion "better". Advanced Elements made some improvements with the Fusion by introducing the "tent poles" for rigidity. I will say this significantly improves the handling, and does a great job of keeping the kayak deck off of my knees during long paddles (an annoying peeve of mine regarding the Advanced Frame). However, it should be known that this added benefit comes at a price. Setup is more complicated, and you have to be very careful to position, and reposition the thwarts correctly so you do not induce a twist into the frame. Also, if you get any salt water or the smallest bit of sediment in your kayak, the coupler (part #3) will seize making separating the floor poles (1 and 2) almost impossible. Before I added a strap wrench to my kayak bag, I’ve been stuck on the beach with an inflatable kayak that could not be taken down. For me, this costs the AirFusion its full 5-star rating. That has never been an issue with the simpler Advanced Frame. With that said, I do not regret my purchase at all. The handling is amazing. It responds very well to body movement, and the thwarts pull double duty as a foot brace. The video review hit the nail on the head, when it described this thing as a race car. Sometimes it can be a pain to deal with, as it requires a little more care and feeding, but when you get it right, it’s a blast.
Posted by L. M. Johnson on 13th Jul 2011
I have paddled the AirFusion kayak extensively for a year and a half now, and the more I use it, the more addicted I become to its unique harmony of hull speed and maneuverability. At 13' and with a fairly narrow beam, it is faster than shorter kayaks but quicker and more responsive than longer ones. In fact, its sensitivity to the placement of the seat and to the paddler's body is remarkable for showing the importance of balance: by leaning forward, you help it track well into wind and waves; leaning backward makes for easy tracking with trailing wind and waves. With a RapidUp Sail, the AirFusion rockets along beautifully, without a rudder (the FUS has a low profile in the water and is thus relatively unaffected by wind). In short, the more advanced your skills are, the more likely you will be enthusiastic about this incredible performer. A novice paddler would probably find the AirFusion to be a challenge compared to other hard-shells and inflatables, but the learning curve would be worth it - at least, it was for me. This kayak is more fun to paddle than the several dozen other kayaks I have used, but a person's impression of it, especially at first, will say a lot more about the person than about the kayak: it will measure anyone's pleasures in the finer and subtler points of paddling. Its assembly is very logical and easy after familiarity with its clever combination of inflatable and folding-kayak construction. Its tough materials argue its fitness for hard use. It is also lightweight and therefore can be brought to remote bodies of water. Bottom line: this is a true performance/fun kayak, one with, moreover, an attractive price.